Hands On

MAR/APR 2002
Volume 45/Issue 2

Contest Winners
First, Second and Third Place Winning Projects
Project Articles
The Garden Bench
Wren and Blue Jay Bird Houses
Tapered Planter Box

Ask Smitty
Owner’s Gallery
Letters from Owners
Academy Notes
Finishing Touches - Pt.4 Applying a Synthetic Finish
Service Pointers
Disc Sander
Safety Tips
Ladder Safety

What's New
Hands-On Timeless Classics Now Available on CD ROM

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Here are the questions . . .
and SMITTY’S answers for this issue!

Repairing Sanding Belts
From Herb Foster via e-mail:
I have several sanding 6" wide Shopsmith belts that I've had for several months due to overbuying. The seams have come apart due to moisture, which had rendered them useless. How can I glue these back together so they can be used?

For safety reasons, I cannot recommend that you attempt to glue these belts back together. The seams on Shopsmith Belts have been "taped" seams for many years...fused together under a special process (that you will be unable to duplicate) at the abrasive manufacturer.

As you probably realize, it is imperative that these seams remain flexible while being EXTREMELY strong. If you tried to use epoxy glue for its strength, it would not be sufficiently flexible. If you tried to use rubber cement for its flexibility, it would not be sufficiently strong.

Since your safety should be far more important to you than saving money, our best recommendation is that you tear (or cut) your damaged belts into strips or pads and use them for sanding lathe turnings...or with your orbital or pad sander.

Any new replacement belts you may purchase should be hung vertically on your shop wall, over a protruding dowel and away from any moisture. Don't lay them flat, as they could crease.


Birdhouse entrance sizes
From Gary via e-mail:
Can you provide me with a listing of what size entrance hole is recommended on bird houses for the different groupings of birds?

Yep. Here are the sizes for the most common birds:

Bluebirds: 1-1/2"
Chickadees: 1-1/8"
Doves: Leave one or more sides open
Finches: 2"
Martins: 2-2/2"
Robins: 2-1/2"
Sparrows: Leave all sides open
Starlings: 2" (I can't imagine inviting starlings to the yard!)
Swallows: 1-1/2" to 2-1/2"
Woodpeckers: 1-1/4" to 4" (depending on how hungry they are, I assume) Wrens: 1"

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